Dear Professors Pieraccini, Selleri, Pelosi,
I asked the Editor, Mahta Moghaddam, to drop “Conflation” and your reply, and replace them with “The TEM Step”. However, she says she will publish “Conflation” (butchered version) and your reply, and told me to submit “The TEM Step” to her journal as a separate article.
I would welcome your adding your names as co-authors to “The TEM Step”. If one or more of you agree to add your names, please alter “The TEM Step” as seems fit and return it to me for submission to the journal. Your names added will make it more amicable, and of more value to readers. They will then see that this is not a matter of personalities, but of science.
Ivor Catt 19 December 2016 (my 81st birthday).
The TEM Step.
In our digital age, an essential feature of electromagnetic theory is a digital step travelling down a USB cable from computer to printer. The animation is at http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/ieee.htm . We see that more and more negative electric charge appears on the bottom conductor as the TEM step advances.
Everyone agrees that it does not come from the north or the east. The general view, for instance of Nobel Prize Winner Professor Brian Josephson, was that it came from the west, until Sir Michael Pepper FRS, Faraday Medal, knighted for services to physics, Fellow of the Royal Society wrote to me, and later Professor Frederic R. Morgenthaler FIEEE wrote in his Wiley/IEEE text book that this was not possible, because the charge from the west would have to travel at the speed of light. Since they knew very well that classical electromagnetism had not been challenged for a century, the charge had to come from the south. However, Professors Pieraccini and Selleri, publishing in this journal, also knew that classical theory, which demanded charge to appear along the bottom conductor, was indubitably correct. They also knew that charge coming from the south defied Gauss’s Law. So the charge must come from the west, and did not have to travel at the speed of light. In both cases, they kept classical theory, and using classical theory ruled out one source for the charge, western or southern, concluding that the other source, southern or western, was the correct one.
Not doubting classical theory, this was a reasonable attitude. The trouble is, they contradicted each other as to what was the classical theory, westerner or southerner. In our digital age, we need to know how signals travel down our USB computer cables.
Ivor Catt 4 December 2016